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ma & paw want grilled fish on the west side.

We started with guarantee winner from the airport at Pann's. What's not to love. I knocked two birds down and tried the ribs. satisfied my craving, but my guess is they are using the over, because the "hickory" smoked flavor was not present. Good texture and fabulous Q sauce on the side. Paw, open faced Hot Turkey, 1/2 club for ma & turnip greens as good as any I've ever tasted.

The asked for grilled fish recommendations in Santa Monica. Please send me recommendations. Not Loud is really the only request. TIA, ck

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  1. No atmosphere to speak of, but I just tried Seasalt this weekend and thought everything was very good. At less than half the price of a traditional sit down resto.
    Another plus, 2 blocks from the promenade. So near the Promenade but not at all too loud.

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    1. re: FranklinJefferson

      I tried it last week (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902896) and wasn't impressed. Not bad by any stretch, but not standout. Noise level may be high during workday lunch rushes, but was quiet for a weeknight dinner.

      OP, don't know how noisy Santa Monica Seafood is nowadays, but they've always had good grilled fish.

      If you want to get out of SM, and go a little kitschy but with a great view, Reel Inn on PCH is nice and affordable. Like any place, noise isn't bad if not too crowded, and they have an outside patio area.

      1. re: PeterCC

        S.M. Seafood still serves good, fresh grilled fish. Noise level is okay at the tables, but definitely quieter at the counter.

    2. Why don't you take them for a little drive up the coast (just past Pepperdine about a mile and a half) and eat at http://www.malibuseafood.com/ ?

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      1. re: Servorg

        ...and on the way back, a stop at Grom for some excellent gelato.

          1. re: wienermobile


            You've often recommended Grom for gelato, and while I've never tried the LA/Malibu iteration, the one in NYC is ... just ... not ... very ... good.

            Have you tried any outside of LA? Or ones in NYC to compare?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Yes I've been to their locations in both Italy (Venice & Florence) and Paris and I highly recommend it. I have not been to the NYC locations. Their seasonal fresh fruit flavors are my favorites,

          2. re: Novelli

            wow, thanks for the recommendation, Grom. Sounds like a great plan with a four year old and grandparents. Topanga to Malibu Canyon - Malibu Seafood, Grom, PCH back to SM.


        1. The enterprise Seafood in SM is much improve and serves some very good seafood grilled over hardwood.

          1. Fish Grill in Santa Monica (or is that West L.A.?) on Wilshire just east of Bundy. Inexpensive, quiet and not exactly a hipster hangout. (Closed on Fridays as the owners are Orthodox Jews who close up shop for shabbot). A healthy fast food alternative. Not bad.

            I've tried Sea Salt a couple times too - which also looks promising. Fish Grill used an actual char grill, not sure about Sea Salt.

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            1. re: foodiemahoodie

              Fish Grill is on the north side of Wilshire between Barrington and Bundy in a string of restaurants with parking in a structure. Casual, order at the register type of place. But good simple fish flame-grilled at very good prices -- mostly low teens.

            2. Any post trip report for the "Tour de Rents" yet? How was your water side lunch in MDR? Where did you end up for grilled fish? Where else did you all go? Inquiring minds want to know.

              1. Ma and Paw's SM adventure: brief overview.

                It all started at Pann's, straight from the airport, and this remained the highlight of the trip re: food. A wonderfully prepared slice of home for me and comfortable, familiar feeling for them. Rack of ribs, Open face turkey and a club, collard greens and some sides, everything was wonderful. http://www.panns.com/

                More time and money was consumed by Loews, as the views of SM Pier, the pool overlooking the ocean with cute little fire pits to deep it all warm and intimate. Most afternoons were relaxed at Loews and as we poured money into Loews own Ocean and Vine. The sushi (salmon) was good, but not destination good. The Santa Monica Chili, a rich plethora of mixed seafood in a rich fava bean white chili was amazing, the grilled sea bass was also nice, flakey and fresh. Mussels Good and the rest of the menu was meh, at best. Parking needs to be mentioned, as they nailed me 3 separate days for an average of $40 / day. (Street and Lots were full


                Breakfast throughout the week included: Coras, Jinky's Omlette Parlor, Shutters and a few on 3rd promenade. Each were very good, but not one item stands out as the best. It is worthy of note that the atmosphere provided by each of the breakfast choices and their outdoor patios, brought my mom to her knees, falling in love with Santa Monica's morning weather and morning character, which, to me, is polar opposite of it's late evening character.

                Lunches were also great. Tony P's, Marina Del Rey, may have been the highlight. Again, the change of character and view of the Marina, was nearly an aesthetic overload for my parents, not used to seeing so much money floating on the water, hence the massive number of boats. The clam chowder and the chicken parmesan are both worth mentioning and a great selection of craft brews.

                Other lunches include fish & chips/clam chowder at ye old Kings Head after brunching at the farmer's market. Another Farmer's Market morning, turned into a picnic on SM cliffs and late lunch at La Sandia. Fish Tacos were ok, but the fajitas were very good, not destination good.

                Dinner's included a welcomed atmosphere at Chez Jay, seafood salad's, FIlet's and grilled fish were all good, the atmosphere for mom and dad was great.

                There was quite a bit more, some not worth mentioning, some I will when it comes to me. The overall highlight was my parents falling in love with the city of Santa Monica, a bit unexpected. The weather, people, food and character all hit home. They had their first fish tacos and spent more time at the Farmer's Market than I have in a year, truly mesmerized by the selection and they couldn't keep from buying small eats, taking it to SM cliff's and spending an hour noshing, then doing it again until the markets closes.

                They missed the best of the best, regarding food, but it did not matter, all they wanted was to see their grandkids and children, even McD's is nice when your with family, well, maybe a BP...Thanks for participating, as I learned a lot about my own city and have been knocking on doors nearly everyday trying something new in SM. I'll give eye opening updates as I eat my way through Santa Monica. ~~ck

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                1. re: CharlesKochel

                  Thanks for filling in the broad strokes. The weather out here has seduced a cast of millions over the years. What's not to like with low humidity and mild winters and tolerable summers, especially by the great cooler...the Pacific Ocean.

                  Where do your folks reside? You may have said but I can't recall.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Arkansas, we have a farm in the AR prairie land -way way out, this is where I learned to "hunt, gather, harvest & prepare" wild fish & game. Our other home base is about 45 miles west of Memphis